Transportation Overview

The Canton/Stark County area is located in Northeast Ohio, one of the largest regional centers in the United States with a population today of over 4 million persons. Northeast Ohio is also important due to its strategic location at the crossroads of the Midwestern and Eastern U.S. markets. As such, Northeast Ohio provides first-class infrastructure and logistical support with a well-established transportation network connecting several modes of transportation including rail, air, water and highways.

Stark County is home to the Akron-Canton Airport which offers the lowest average airline fares in Ohio. CAK provides nonstop air service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington, D.C. (DCA), Chicago (O’Hare), Boston, Denver, Detroit, Ft. Myers, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia and Tampa and access to the world with only one-stop.

The Stark County area also contains U.S. Foreign Trade Zone #181. The Foreign Trade Zone includes over 1,300 acres of prime commercial/industrial sites in Stark County.

There are five railroads servicing the Canton/Stark County area as well. These include the Norfolk Southern (NS), CSX Transportation (CSXT), the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Company (WLE), RJ Corman and Amtrak.

Canton/Stark County Advantages

Excellent Transportation Services

Canton/Stark County is located in the northeast quadrant of Ohio. It is situated approximately 20 miles south of Akron, 53 miles south of Cleveland, 125 miles northeast of Pittsburgh and 386 miles east of Chicago.

Canton/Stark County Advantages

  • Favorable geographic location relative to the Midwest and East coast markets
  • Akron-Canton Airport provides excellent access to the U.S.
  • Local supply chain

Links to every major U.S. market

  • Akron-Canton Airport
  • Two national highways
  • Interstate 77
  • Three railroad carriers

Highways Speed Delivery

Two national highways, U.S. Route 30, known as the Lincoln Highway, and U.S. 62 run east and west through the country. U.S. Interstate 77 links Canton with Cleveland to the north and Charleston, West Virginia to the south. Other state highways include State Routes 800, 43, 153 and 687. These highways provide excellent access to Toledo, Pittsburgh and Columbus within hours. In addition, Chicago, Detroit and New York can be reached overnight. Google Maps of Stark County roadways.

Distances from Canton/Stark County to other Ohio and major U.S. Markets

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Motor Freight

Canton/Stark County is served by numerous intrastate and interstate trucking lines that operate throughout the Midwest, south, east, and northeast United States. These major freight trucking lines are well equipped to handle all types of shipments.

Akron-Canton Airport

Akron-Canton airport logo

Canton/Stark County offers excellent, low-fare, high-value air service. The Akron-Canton Airport (CAK), minutes away from downtown and most industrial parks, offers the lowest average fare in Ohio, five airlines, close parking, six rental car providers and an easy-to-use terminal. The airfield is 2,700 acres, home to foreign trade zone #181 and the Port Jackson Industrial Park. It also features two excellent fix-based operators accommodating corporate flying in and out of the region.

Commercial air service is abundant and affordable. Delta Air Lines, US Airways Express and United Express offer access to their global networks and one-stop service to major European, Asian, Latin American and other international destinations. Read more about CAK routes and airlines.

Akron-Canton Airport is in the midst of its 10-year, $110-million CAK 2018 Capital Improvement Plan. The plan is the most ambitious in the airport’s 62-year history and includes expanded parking lots, wider entrance road, a spacious TSA security checkpoint, a customs and border patrol facility, an extended upper level concourse and the construction of the Port Green Industrial Park.

Access to the airport is also easier than ever. The airport has a dedicated interchange off of I-77 and is also easily accessible from industrial parks in Northern Stark County via the Shuffel Street interchange.

Quick Facts about CAK:

  • Lowest average fare in Ohio (and most of the Midwest)
  • 1.72 million passengers annually
  • More than 80 total daily flights
  • Investing more than $110 million in terminal/airfield improvements
  • Dedicated I-77 interchange

Customer Service

CAK Amenities

  • Complementary parking lot shuttles
  • Affordable and close parking lots
  • Free Wi-Fi access throughout the terminal
  • Complementary Ohio Office Business Center (with a printer/fax machine)
  • Massage chairs
  • Dining options to satisfy every taste including Subway®, Cinnabon® and Arby’s®
  • Visitor Information Center open until midnight, seven days a week
  • Free waiting area (cell phone lot). Wait in your vehicle for free until your traveler arrives.

Additional information including flight reservations, driving instructions, CAK Social media, and access to the relaxation station are available at, CAK’s comprehensive web portal. Akron-Canton Airport, a better way to go.

Railway Systems

railways track mapStark County is served by two Class I railroad systems and one regional railroad, making it ideal for importing raw materials or distributing finished products. These rail systems link Stark County with every major city in the United States.

The Norfolk Southern System provides freight service to Cleveland, Zanesville, Toledo, Wheeling, West Virginia and Norfolk, Virginia.

locomotiveThe Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway consists of more than 800 miles of track stretching from Western Ohio into Pennsylvania with trackage rights into Hagerstown, Maryland. The NEOMODAL intermodal terminal is located on the W&LE rail system.

The CSX Transportation System provides fast freight service both north and south and runs east and west from Chicago through Pittsburgh, PA.